I am always, always transfixed when I see a full moon. I was born on a night of a full moon, and my body and my family always notices when it's full.
Tonight it's a "supermoon", or as I like to call it, a MEGAMOON. It's absolutely stunning.
Some people say the moon represents Christ. They say the sun represents the Celestial glory, where the Father, Son and Holy Ghost dwell. That the moon represents the Terrestrial glory, where the Son and Holy Ghost can go. And the stars represent the billions of souls, and the Telestial glory. (See 1 Corinthians 15.)
Remembering Christ on the full moon has been a beautiful thing for me. I also remember Him when I think of the Sun, as a play on words for the Son. But thinking of Him on the full moon is fun too, especially when symbolically we have a "blood moon", knowing that we are cleansed through His blood.
One thing I love to consider with the full moon is Christ's intercession on our behalf. Everything He did was for us, and infinitely He acts as our mediator. Rather than accuse us, he would seek to show mercy to us for our faults. He intercedes between us fallen "stars", and links us to the Father, who is full of glory. It might not be a perfect analogy, but seeing the full moon always reminds me that if I am to be like Him, I ought to consider the idea of being like Him. How do I do that? To imitate him in intercession is a big deal, and not an easy one.
One way I believe we can intercede is to pray on behalf of those who are our enemies, or who would spitefully use or abuse us. There is a lot of talk of abuse towards many I love, as well as strangers. How would it benefit us, to pray for those who treat us so poorly? I have honestly felt such a quick lifting out of my sin, also known as hatred, by calling on the Lord for help when the natural woman in me would prefer to strike out in retaliation or hate.
And remember also the words which Amulek spake unto Zeezrom, in the city of Ammonihah; for he said unto him that the Lord surely should come to redeem his people, but that he should not come to redeem them in their sins, but to redeem them from their sins.So frequently when I ask the Lord where I ought to read, I am directed to Helaman 5: 10. Fascinating how in this verse, Nephi and Lehi are remembering the words of their father, Helaman. Helaman was asking them to remember the words of his father's friend, Amulek. Here they tell me this message has been repeated at least three times, telling me how important it is. (Makes me laugh that I've been led to this verse over and over again as well.) It links back to Alma 11:34, where Zeezrom is contending with Amulek.
"Shall he (Christ) save his people in their sins?" Zeezrom asks.
"I say unto you he shall not, for it is impossible for him to deny his word," Amulek declares.
Talking to the crowd, Zeezrom tries to lawyer him, twisting his words as though Amulek were saying that he (Amulek) could command God. Amulek calls him on it.
Amulek says, "Behold thou has lied(!), for thou sayest that I spake as though I had authority to command God because I said he shall not save his people IN their sins. And I say unto you AGAIN that he CANNOT save them in their sins; for I CANNOT DENY his word, and he hath said that NO unclean thing can inherit the kingdom of heaven; therefore how can ye be saved, except ye inherit the kingdom of heaven? Therefore ye cannot be saved in your sins."
Having read this a ton of times, I never really understood, but after seeing the shopping cart lady this week, the lightbulb went off! Jesus can't save me IN sin, but he saves me, lifts me out, and pulls me above my sin. This is walking me toward that inheritance of the "kingdom of heaven". He does not want me to be a jerk to those who are jerks to me. Retaliation is not pleasing to him, just like it doesn't please me when my kids fight. But Jesus certainly does a fabulous job at lifting me up out of the mire.
The moon's full circle reminds me that we are to come full circle. We are to not repeat and recycle our sins, but be lifted out of our sinful behavior and progress. It reminds me of "one eternal round". It also reminds me that the light shines on the good and the bad, even though through the daily rising setting it waxes and wanes.